National Science Week 2019 is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology running from August 10 to 18. There’s events and presentations happening all across Australia including here in the Newcastle area. There’s lots of fun and learning to be during this week including events at the University of Newcastle and Newcastle Museum. Kids, parents and grandparents can enjoy presentations, interactive displays and hands-on learning.

Newcastle Time Walk

Saturday 10 August  | Nobbys Beach | 9am – 11am | Free | Details

Why you should go:Learn about the geological features that can be seen along the spectacular Newcastle shoreline. Geologists will lead a slow-paced 3km time walk along the Newcastle shoreline. The walk will run for about 2 hours and participants can join or leave at any time. The route involves pathways, rock platforms, the beach and stairs. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Bookings required.

Stars and Science at Speers Point – Family Day

Saturday 10 August  | Speers Point Park | 3pm – 9pm | Gold coin donation | Details

Why you should go: Paint a starry night, take A Trip to the Moon, search the stars and become a scientist at Lake Mac STEAM’s highlight event. Food truck and dinner options will be available to purchase. See the stars in a whole new way with the Newcastle Astronomical Society. Once the sun goes down visitors can meet members of the Newcastle Astronomical Society, ask questions and get a close up look at the stars through telescopes.

Digby’s Moon Mission – Story time session

Friday 16 August | Swansea Library | 9:30am – 10:30am | Free | Details

Why you should go: Join author and performer Renee Price for a special interactive show incorporating theatre, song and storytelling, based on her book Digby’s Moon Mission. Renee’s books will be available for purchase and signing on the day. This event is free as part of Lake Mac Science Week celebrations. Bookings required.

University of Newcastle Science in Practice Community Day

Saturday 17 August | Callaghan Campus | 11am – 4pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: To celebrate National Science Week, the Faculty of Science at the University of Newcastle presents a day of fun and exciting interactive activities and presentations for the whole community. Construct your own mini electric vehicle, check out the hands-on scientific displays, and listen and learn as our academic experts present four-minute snapshots of their practical research. Bookings required.

Hunter Science Festival at Newcastle Museum

Sunday 18 August | Newcastle Museum | 10am – 2pm | Free | Details

Why you should go:The Hunter Innovation & Science Hub invites you to celebrate Science Week at Newcastle Museum. Come & talk with local scientists, do your own experiments, make & race a solar car, check excellent science shows – all for free!


Want more information on family-friendly events in Newcastle? Visit the Newy with Kids Annual Calendar of Events.